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Good Carbohydrate Foods – Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

My good carbohydrates food list shows how all carbohydrates are not created equal. Healthy carbohydrates help you to look and feel terrific, while unhealthy carbs do just the opposite.

The "Good carbs" on this great carbohydrate foods list support a strong, slender, energetic, healthy body. But eating "bad carbs" from the unhealthy carbohydrates food list can greatly increase your overall risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.

Your own nutrition carbohydrate foods list should include 45% to 65% "good" carbs and 0% "bad" carbs. But how do you know the difference between bad carbs and good carbs grams?

What Are Carbohydrates and Carbohydrates Foods

Carbohydrates are one of the most misunderstood food groups. So don't be misled by marketing claims that all carbs are bad, because there are definitely good and bad carbs.

The good nutrition carbohydrates food list consists of foods that are an essential part of a healthy diet. Good nutrition carbohydrates provide your body with vitamins, minerals and the energy fuel you need for physical activity, proper organ function and optimum health.

The best sources for good nutrition carbohydrates are:
  • Most whole fresh or frozen fruits
  • Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds
  • High fiber-rich 100% whole grains
  • Most Raw and steamed vegetables
Since these high fiber foods provide you with vitamins, minerals and important phytonutrients as well s healthy fiber, they should be at the top of your good nutrition carbohydrates food list.

Bad carbs are mainly found in:
  • pastries,
  • sugary sodas,
  • white bread, white rice,
  • and other low fiber refined foods.
The sugars from these highly processed bad carbs are rapidly absorbed into your blood stream, causing blood sugar problems. A diet of bad carbohydrate foods has been shown to interfere with weight loss and contribute to weight gain, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

Whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and other naturally wholesome, unprocessed, healthy carbohydrates do just the opposite. Good carbs have been proven to promote excellent health.

Simple and Complex Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates were once grouped into two main categories – simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are made up of single sugars such as table sugar (sucrose), corn or grape sugar (dextrose or glucose) and fruit sugar (fructose).

But complex carbohydrates include a multiple arrangement of three or more sugars linked together. Complex carbs were thought to be the good guys, while simple carbs were considered bad. But it turns out to be more complicated than that.

Your digestive system tries to treat all carbohydrates as equals. It breaks them down into single sugars, small enough to pass into your bloodstream, and converts most digestible carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar) for your cells to use as energy.

What makes the difference in good and bad carbohydrates is fiber. And the amount of fiber in a carbohydrate food determines whether it's a high glycemic or low glycemic food.

The Extraordinary Benefits of High Fiber Carbs

Since fiber can't be broken up into sugar molecules, it slows down carbohydrate digestion and helps keep blood sugar levels healthy. High fiber food also lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, carries waste and toxins out of your body and helps prevent and relieve constipation naturally.

What's most important about carbohydrates is not whether they're simple or complex, but whether they're low or high fiber foods and whether they're low or high on this healthy low glycemic foods index list.

The bottom line: Instead of eating bad carbs, it's essential to your health that you choose nutritious carbohydrates from my list of healthy carbohydrate foods with good carb grams. This will help make sure you're following a good healthy low glycemic diet.

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